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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: Workshop on the Acquisition of Case from a Crosslinguistic Perspective
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 14-Aug-2013 - 14-Aug-2013
Contact: Sabine Stoll
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.psycholinguistics.uzh.ch/workshop-2012.html
Meeting Description: The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on the acquisition of case in as large a variety of languages as possible. Case systems vary greatly, both in size and in the kind of information they mark, ranging from syntactic, semantic to discourse-pragmatic information. Do children approach the expression of case in a similar way across languages or is the input the sole predictor of when and how specific cases are learned? To understand how children approach case learning we need to compare its development and use by both children and those they interact with in typologically different languages. Some of the main questions we would like to address in this workshop are:

What are the main challenges to the learning of case in the language(s) that you are presenting?
What is the order of cases learned?
What are the criteria for productivity?
What are the patterns of use both in the language of the child and the input?
What are the interrelations between the acquisition of case and agreement or word order?
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 24.177

This is a session of the following meeting:
Association for Linguistic Typology Biennial Conference

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